Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement

Truman Scholarship

Learn more about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, including eligibility requirements and nomination procedure.

About the Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

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Eligibility Requirements

Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:

  • A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
  • In the upper quarter of his or her class; and
  • A United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:

  • Has an extensive record of public and community service;
  • Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • Is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.

Nomination Procedure

The Nomination Procedure:

  • Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution.
  • Candidates typically undergo an on-campus selection process to become one of the institution's nominees. Faculty Representatives also help nominees prepare for the competition and submit the nomination materials to the Foundation by the specified deadline via our online application process. Interested persons should visit to view the application and nomination materials.
  • Once a Faculty Representative has decided to nominate a student, he or she must login to the Foundation website and submit a Nomination Form. The candidate will then receive an email from the Foundation with the instructions on how to access the online application. In the meantime, candidates may use the sample application on the website as a guide.